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SpaceX test-fires engine on massive new Starship for first time

SpaceX’s massive new spacecraft successfully test-fired its rocket engine for the first time Wednesday.

The “hopper” version of the Starship rocket — dubbed Starhopper — did not leave the ground, but its powerful Raptor engine fired briefly while tethered to the ground at the SpaceX facility in south Texas.

“Starhopper completed tethered hop. All systems green,” SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday evening.

Musk delivered the good news shortly after his other company, Tesla Inc. TSLA, +2.07% , reported some bad news — first-quarter deliveries that fell far below analysts’ expectations.

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